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6 July 2010

Stories from 6 July 2010

Paraguay: Tobacco Smoke-Free Day

Interparaguay [es] writes that, for the first time, Paraguay is celebrating the “Día Nacional Libre de Humo de Tabaco” (Tobacco Smoke-Free National Day) on July 6, marking the day when...

Maldives: Where has Democracy gone?

Reacting on the recent political upheaval in Maldives, Ahmed Numan at Shakensphere questions “where has democracy gone?”

Pakistan: The Pakistanis In The Mirror

Faisal Kapadia at Deadpan Thoughts analyzes the fragmentation of the Pakistani society into different groups and how they are placing the blame on each other instead of joining hands to...

Cape Verde: Behind the Concept of National Branding

Bloggers from Cape Verde have been discussing the originality of the logo which resulted from a national tourism branding competition: some say it lacks quality, others question its link with...

Sri Lanka: Photos and videos of the Protest at UN Office

Groundviews posts a roundup of links of photos and video of protests over war panel at UN office in Sri Lanka.

Morocco: Public Toilets Under Scrutiny

Moroccan blogger Big Brother Maroc [Fr] reports on the launch of Bitelma [Fr] (which translates to Water Closet), a website that invites visitors to publish pictures of “the worst public...

Barbados: economic crisis?

Barbados Underground posts an analysis of a recent speech by former prime minister Owen Arthur, on the current economic situation in the Caribbean. “In the midst of this economic disaster...

Jamaica: LGBT rights protest

gspottt reports on a protest staged by J-Flag (the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays) at the recent CARICOM (Caribbean Community) heads of government meeting in Jamaica, “because of...

Bahamas: national pride

Nicolette Bethel reports on the recent popularity of Bahamas National Pride Day: “a step or two towards understanding ourselves and our country, the fact that we the people made the...

Bermuda: water worries

“Water. It's hard to believe that this, the most basic of resources is still a major issue for so many Bermudians.” Tales from the Triangle's Tip worries about resource management...

Russia: Internet Draft Bill Published Online

Robert Shlegel, a “United Russia” [EN] party member and a political blogger, published [RUS] a new Internet draft bill. According to the draft, that mainly consists of updates for the current law “On...

France: A Concert in Support of Illegal Immigrants

« Rock Sans Papiers » a concert in support of illegal immigrants in France will be held in Paris (Bercy) on September 18, 2010 [Fr]. Many household names in the French music...

Russia: Political Regime as a Model for Social Network

User art_of_press ironically compares [RUS] Facebook to its clone Vkontakte, Russia's most popular social network. His conclusion: Vkontakte's model reminds current political regime. Vkontakte changes Terms of Service without informing users,...

China: Citizen statement on his detention at the police station

Artists Yang Licai and Wu Yuren was detained by police when they filed a report on the confiscation of electricity generator in the 798 art district by the property management....

USA-Ukraine: Towards Kiev, nothing has changed

Ukrainiana gives a critical comment on US State Secretary Hillary Clinton's visit to Ukraine and how little has changed in US policy towards the country since 1995.

USA-Russia: START as strategic mistake

Pavel Podvig of Russian strategic nuclear forces comments on Republican Party critique levelled at US President Obama for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, designed to cut down...

Estonia-Latvia-Lithuania: Past, present, and future

Veiko Spolitis of Baltic discusses the past, present, and future of governance in the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Ghana: Africa's Time That Never Was

African bloggers are expressing their sentiments about the sad exit of the only hope of Africa’s team (Ghana Black Stars) at the 2010 FIFA Word Cup. Ghana lost to Uruguay...

South Korea: Gender politics of smoking

The grand narratives reads into the statistic of smoking population and discusses the gender politics of smoking in South Korea.

Hungary: Setback for new government

Eva Balogh of Hungarian Spectrum discusses the recent setback for the country's new Orbán government, as the constitutional court has found the ruling party's proposal on a “Manifesto of National...

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